• NBA Finals: Mavericks need more long shots to fall against Celtics in Game 3

    NBA Finals: Mavericks need more long shots to fall against Celtics in Game 3
    By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer
    DALLAS — Luka Doncic’s message is simple for the struggling 3-point shooters around him, and with Dallas trailing Boston 2-0 while coming home for the NBA Finals.
    “Just one thing: Keep shooting,” the Mavericks superstar said. “We all believe in those shots. That’s how we came to the Finals. That’s how we played the whole season. We believe in those guys.”
    Dallas faces several daunting numbers going into Game 3 on
  • OC homicide victim identified after more than 40 years

    OC homicide victim identified after more than 40 years
    More than 40 years after a woman’s remains were discovered in what is now Lake Forest, authorities have finally identified the suspected homicide victim, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department announced this week.
    Children playing in a culvert near Canada and Old Trabuco roads in April 1983 discovered a human skull, according to a sheriff’s statement.
    Maritza Glean Grimmett is seen in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy Orange County Sheriff’s Department)
    An excavation unco
  • UC Irvine renames School of Biological Sciences after $50 million from the biotech entrepreneur

    UC Irvine renames School of Biological Sciences after $50 million from the biotech entrepreneur
    UC Irvine will name its School of Biological Sciences for Charlie Dunlop after a $50 million donation from the Orange County biotech entrepreneur.
    Dunlop’s gift creates an endowed fund that officials said will provide unrestricted support for academic and research activities within the school.
    “I don’t think there’s any way to overstate the significance of this gift,” the school’s dean, Frank LaFerla, said. “I think it’s certainly going to have a p
  • Logan O’Hoppe’s monster homer helps Angels edge Giants

    Logan O’Hoppe’s monster homer helps Angels edge Giants
    SAN FRANCISCO — Logan O’Hoppe continues to sizzle at the plate.
    The Angels catcher hit one of the longest homers in the majors this season, a game-tying shot that sent the Angels on their way to a 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.
    O’Hoppe’s sixth-inning two-run homer was calculated at 467 feet, tied for the fifth-longest homer in the majors this season. It was 39 feet farther than any of his other 22 career big-league homers.
    O’Hoppe is now 15 f
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  • Man, 25, charged with murder in gang-related stabbing in Costa Mesa

    Man, 25, charged with murder in gang-related stabbing in Costa Mesa
    A Costa Mesa man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of another man in Costa Mesa earlier this week, court records show.
    Israel Antonio Valencia, 25, is accused of killing a 22-year-old man on Tuesday, June 11.
    The victim’s name has not been released. Detectives said the attack was gang-related.
    Costa Mesa police were called about 11 p.m. Tuesday to the 1700 block of Placentia Avenue on a report of an assault with a deadly weapon and found the victim lying on the ground with
  • Man, 25, charged with murder in gang-related, fatal stabbing in Costa Mesa

    Man, 25, charged with murder in gang-related, fatal stabbing in Costa Mesa
    A Costa Mesa man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of another man in Costa Mesa earlier this week, court records show.
    Israel Antonio Valencia, 25, is accused of killing a 22-year-old man on Tuesday, June 11.
    The victim’s name has not been released. Detectives said the attack was gang-related.
    Costa Mesa police were called about 11 p.m. Tuesday to the 1700 block of Placentia Avenue on a report of an assault with a deadly weapon and found the victim lying on the ground with
  • NBA Finals: Celtics go home to regroup and secure title

    NBA Finals: Celtics go home to regroup and secure title
    BOSTON — The Celtics picked the most inopportune time to play their worst game of the season.Boston’s 122-84 Game 4 loss to Dallas had all kinds of superlatives, and none of them were good.
    It ended the Celtics’ 10-game playoff win streak. It was the Celtics’ lowest scoring output of the season and marked the first time the Celtics have allowed the Mavericks to eclipse 100 points in the series on a stellar night for Dallas stars Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.
    It also remin
  • Angels’ Mickey Moniak shakes season-long slump with better discipline

    Angels’ Mickey Moniak shakes season-long slump with better discipline
    SAN FRANCISCO — Mickey Moniak fouled off the first two pitches he saw from Brandon Pfaadt in the seventh inning Thursday night, putting the Angels outfielder in a quick hole against the Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander.
    Considering that Moniak was, at that time, hitting .179 and striking out in 27% of his plate appearances, his prospects didn’t look good.
    Moniak, though, took the next three pitches for balls, fouled one off, and then let another one go, drawing a walk.
    It marked the
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  • Greyhound mix Ghost loves to play with other dogs

    Greyhound mix Ghost loves to play with other dogs
    Breed: Greyhound/Labrador retriever
    Age: 18 months
    Sex: Male
    Size: 66 pounds
    Ghost’s story: While the rescue can’t be positive about Ghost’s breed or breeds, they do know he’s a striking dog. He has had extensive training and is very smart. He walks nicely on leash and loves playing with other dogs.
    Adoption cost: $250
    Adoption procedure: Fill out Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets’ online  application or email [email protected]. The website
  • Dig those ears – and this really sweet mini Schnauzer, Bunny

    Dig those ears – and this really sweet mini Schnauzer, Bunny
    Breed: Miniature schnauzer
    Age: Around 9 years
    Sex: Spayed female
    Size: 12.5 pounds
    Bunny’s story: Bunny was found as a stray in pretty bad shape, but she has fully recovered. She has a short tail and the best ears ever. Because her teeth were in terrible shape, they were all pulled. But that doesn’t matter to her; she eats all types of foods, and she’ll never need another dental. She is gets along with people and other animals and loves attention. Bunny has a condition ca
  • Country star Luke Combs puts on an inspired show for first of two SoFi Stadium concerts

    Country star Luke Combs puts on an inspired show for first of two SoFi Stadium concerts
    The last time country singer Luke Combs played a full concert in the Los Angeles area he sold out the Greek Theatre for a pair of shows in 2019. He’s, um, gained a few fans since then, it’s fair to say.
    On Friday, Combs returned to Southern California for the first of two nights at SoFi Stadium on his Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old Tour, playing 26 songs over an hour and 45 minutes to the delight of fans who seldom stopped singing along with Combs’s well-drafted ce
  • Suspect with knife, box cutter killed after charging at Fullerton police, authorities say

    Suspect with knife, box cutter killed after charging at Fullerton police, authorities say
    A man who brandished a pair of knives and threatened at least one person in Fullerton was shot and killed by police after he allegedly ran toward them with the weapons in his hands on Saturday morning, June 15, authorities said.
    Fullerton officers were called to the 200 block of East Imperial Highway, near Mervyn’s Drive, just past 5 a.m. after receiving a report from a man that another man had brandished the knives and was acting dangerously, spokeswoman Kristy Wells said.
    Officers found
  • Santa Anita horse racing consensus picks for Saturday, June 15, 2024

    Santa Anita horse racing consensus picks for Saturday, June 15, 2024
    The consensus box of Santa Anita horse racing picks comes from handicappers Bob Mieszerski, Terry Turrell, Eddie Wilson and Kevin Modesti. Here are the picks for thoroughbred races on Saturday, June 15, 2024.
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  • Swanson: Boxing prospect Diego Aviles is more than meets the eye

    Swanson: Boxing prospect Diego Aviles is more than meets the eye
    ANAHEIM — If I’d met Diego Aviles the first time anywhere beside a boxing gym, I would have assumed from his handshake that I was meeting a member of the student council.
    The direct eye contact and impeccable manners? Something you’d expect a young man to employ in a summer job interview.
    I wouldn’t have expected that this good-natured guy regularly beats the snot out of anybody. Much less everybody who’s crossed his path lately.
    Wouldn’t have imagined that th
  • Here are some facts about American dads and the Founding Fathers

    Here are some facts about American dads and the Founding Fathers
    There were 56 men that signed the Declaration of Independence and are considered to be the Founding Fathers of America. There were 56 men that signed the Declaration of Independence and are considered to be the Founding Fathers of America. One notable person who did not sign the declaration was George Washington.
    George Washington? What’s the difference between a duck and George Washington? One has a bill on his face and the other has his face on a bill. Washington isn‘t depicted smi
  • LACo firefighter mourned following death in Littlerock quarry explosion

    LACo firefighter mourned following death in Littlerock quarry explosion
    Los Angeles County officials are mourning a 19-year veteran firefighter who was killed when part of a burning front-loader exploded at a Littlerock quarry.
    “My deepest condolences to his family and the other firefighters at Station 93,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, whose district includes the Littlerock area, adding that her “heart is heavy” after learning about the death on Friday, June 14 of firefighter Andrew Pontious.
    “It’s a sobering
  • LA County firefighter mourned following death in Littlerock quarry explosion

    LA County firefighter mourned following death in Littlerock quarry explosion
    A 19-year veteran firefighter killed when part of a burning front-loader exploded at a Littlerock quarry is being mourned this weekend by Los Angeles County officials, law enforcement and fire agencies and private citizens.
    “My deepest condolences to his family and the other firefighters at Station 93,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, whose district includes the Littlerock area, adding that her “heart is heavy” after learning about the death on Friday,
  • Orange County restaurants shut down by health inspectors (June 6-13)

    Orange County restaurants shut down by health inspectors (June 6-13)
    Restaurants and other food vendors ordered to close and allowed to reopen by Orange County health inspectors from June 6 to June 13.
    Curry Land, 1076 N. State College Blvd., AnaheimClosed: June 12
    Reason: Sewage overflow
    Reopened: June 13Pho Thanh Binh, 107 Via Pico Plaza, San ClementeClosed: June 11
    Reason: Cockroach infestation
    Reopened: June 12El Rey Del Marisco, 501 N. Harbor Blvd., Suite E, Santa AnaClosed: June 10
    Reason: Cockroach infestation
    Reopened: June 11Matiki Island B.B.Q., 3070 W.
  • Dead mountain lion found on 101 Freeway near wildlife crossing site

    Dead mountain lion found on 101 Freeway near wildlife crossing site
    A mountain lion was found dead Saturday, June 15 on the 101 Freeway near Agoura Hills, close to the sight of the wildlife crossing currently under construction over the freeway.
    The animal was found in the far right lane of the southbound freeway near Liberty Canyon Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. The agency said someone called about a possible animal in the road at 4:48 a.m.
    Wildlife advocates hope the crossing can save the threatened local population of mountain lions from ex
  • Corky: Schooling others about the stoke of surfing

    Corky: Schooling others about the stoke of surfing
    These days there are many surfing schools strewn up and down the coast of California and just about everyplace else that has any sort of wave to ride.
    I always say that if there is a wave and a beach, the two things you are sure to find would be Boogie boards and surf schools.  Boogie boards have been around for well over 50 years now, thank you Tom Morey.  But actual surf schools were not all that common even 30 years ago.
    Let me give very short re-cap on that.
    In Hawaii, the beach bo
  • Susan Shelley: Democrats vs. democracy

    Susan Shelley: Democrats vs. democracy
    “Hypocrisy,” said a French aristocrat back in the 1600s, “is the tribute that vice pays to virtue.”
    The “tributes” are pouring in from Democratic political leaders in California. They pose as defenders of democracy while they work full-time to destroy it.
    Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders are trying to assassinate three initiatives that the people of California put on the ballot using the powers of direct democracy. They are attacking two initiatives t
  • What the climate zone map can tell you about a plant’s growth potential

    What the climate zone map can tell you about a plant’s growth potential
    Travel is always a gratifying experience for us plant lovers because of the many opportunities to learn something new about the botanical world. Not only are we introduced to plants that don’t grow in our climate, but we also see familiar plants in a new light when we find them thriving in locations where the conditions for growth are so much different from our own.  
    When you take Biology 101 in college, one of the first terms you learn is “limiting factors to growth.&rdqu
  • Biden touches down in LA with star-studded event on itinerary

    Biden touches down in LA with star-studded event on itinerary
    President Joe Biden arrives in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 15, 2024.Biden will attend a star-studded campaign fundraising event in downtown Los Angeles that will also feature former President Barack Obama and celebrity
    supporters George Clooney and Julia Roberts.(Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
    Air Force One with President Joe Biden arrives in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 15, 2024.Biden will attend a star-studded campaign fundraising event in downtown Los Angeles that will
  • Biden touches down in LA with star-studded Downtown event on itinerary

    Biden touches down in LA with star-studded Downtown event on itinerary
    President Joe Biden arrives in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 15, 2024.Biden will attend a star-studded campaign fundraising event in downtown Los Angeles that will also feature former President Barack Obama and celebrity
    supporters George Clooney and Julia Roberts.(Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
    Just after dawn, President Joe Biden exits Air Force One in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 15, 2024. After visiting Italy for the G7 summit, Biden touched down in Washington only long
  • Biden lands in LA for star-studded, record-setting Downtown event

    Biden lands in LA for star-studded, record-setting Downtown event
    President Joe Biden arrives in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 15, 2024.Biden will attend a star-studded campaign fundraising event in downtown Los Angeles that will also feature former President Barack Obama and celebrity
    supporters George Clooney and Julia Roberts.(Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
    Just after dawn, President Joe Biden exits Air Force One in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 15, 2024. After visiting Italy for the G7 summit, Biden touched down in Washington only long
  • Commentary: Revenge travel not flying so high these days

    Commentary: Revenge travel not flying so high these days
    Andrea Felsted | (TNS) Bloomberg Opinion
    Revenge travel is losing its appeal.
    After three years of rushing to book trips in the wake of pandemic-era restrictions, sharply higher fares, protests against tourism, fatigue from endless hours spent in airports and incomes squeezed by inflation are all taking their toll on travelers.
    Travel demand is far from falling off a cliff. But there are signs that our wanderlust is downshifting from never-ending to a more normal pattern.
    For airlines and tour o
  • Why does these plants keep dying? Answers for your garden questions

    Why does these plants keep dying? Answers for your garden questions
    Q. Is there a secret to pruning lavender? Every time I try to cut it back it ends up dying!
    Lavender is a tough plant and will grow exceptionally well in the hot, dry inland areas. Sometimes a little too well. I’ve had some lavender plants grow to be 6 feet across. Unfortunately, when it gets that big it will sometimes look kind of rangy. The top part may be covered with flower spikes, but the bottom part will show a lot of bare wood and become unattractive. The temptation is to cut the wh
  • A program funded by soda tax helps low-income residents buy fruits and vegetables

    A program funded by soda tax helps low-income residents buy fruits and vegetables
    A slice of the nearly $29 million that Boulder collected during the first six and a half years of a voter-passed soda tax has provided low-income residents with extra money to buy fresh produce from local businesses.
    It’s one of many ways the city has directed revenue from that unusual tax to a range of programs focused on improving health equity in the community.
    Maria Fraire, one of nearly 1,500 people across 370 families now enrolled in the Fruit & Veg Boulder program, has relied on
  • Most Americans are significantly stressed about money — here’s how it varies by demographic

    Most Americans are significantly stressed about money — here’s how it varies by demographic
    Sheiresa McRae Ngo | Bankrate.com (TNS)
    One of the most prevalent and enduring types of stress is financial stress. Managing money has been especially difficult with the relentless financial constraints over the past couple of years: A global pandemic, a potential recession and persistently high prices. When keeping up with finances doesn’t go well, it seems like nothing else does either.
    Financial stress refers to a feeling of worry or anxiety over money, debt and various expenses. In a M
  • Southern California housing is preposterously expensive, no matter the measurement

    Southern California housing is preposterously expensive, no matter the measurement
    You really don’t need “affordability” indexes to measure the preposterous expense of Southern California housing.
    Yes, these yardsticks of homebuying’s financial pain often overstate the monetary challenges for a suggested house hunter, who is arguably a unicorn.
    I mean, who buys the typical home with the typical salary while getting a typical mortgage? This buyer’s true magical power is having enough cash for a 20% downpayment, a common mathematical assumption in a

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